TARPON SPRINGS - After sitting empty and deserted for years, the church at 160 Read St. will soon have a new purpose: a family home.
Richard Boeckl bought the property in 1973 after watching the For Sale sign sit unchanged next to his family’s home for four years. But it wasn’t the 15,500-sqaure-foot church he was interested in; he wanted the old Sunday School and nursery behind the church. He thought he could turn it into an apartment complex.
He tented for termites, put on a new roof and painted the buildings twice. Eventually, he began renting out the church for $135 a month. But in 1993, the no name storm swept through Tarpon Springs and filled the church with water 3 feet deep. The roof was damaged again. And repairs were going to be expensive.
TARPON SPRINGS - Construction for Tarpon Springs $45 million reverse-osmosis water treatment plant is likely to still finish within a few weeks of the original deadline.
The plant, located north of the Anclote River at the end of L&R Industrial Boulevard, was originally approved by 72 percent of voters in a March 2006 referendum. Legal issues put the project on hold until the city finally broke ground in March 2013. But despite the delays, plans are just three weeks behind schedule.
TARPON SPRINGS - A preliminary budget will go before the Tarpon Springs City Commission for initial approval with a 5.4500 millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015, the same rate as has been adopted since 2011.
If that millage rate passes through both public hearings and City Commission votes, Tarpon Springs residents will pay $5.45 per $1,000 in property value. For example, a house valued at $200,000 will owe $1,090 in property taxes. At that rate, Tarpon Springs estimates it will generate $7,110,100, about $325,000 more than last fiscal year.
Tarpon Springs has not raised its millage rate since 2010 when the Commission approved a half-mill increase from 4.9500, the largest increase the city could make under state law.
TARPON SPRINGS - The City Commission unanimously approved reorganization proposals from both the Public Works Department and Recreation Division at the Aug. 5 meeting.
One full-time maintenance worker will be hired to provide additional coverage for the marina, sponge docks, splash park, fitness park and dog park, especially on the weekend. Public Works Director Tom Funcheon estimated the new hire will cost an annual salary of $37,010.
The Recreation Division, on the other hand, will reorganize its staff and reassign four positions: the current recreation custodian/maintenance position will become a recreation worker position, two current recreation specialist I positions will become one recreation program and athletic coordinator position and one recreation special events and volunteer coordinator position and the current recreation specialist II position will become a recreation supervisor position. The proposed reorganization will cost an estimated $1,145 in annual combined salary for all four positions.
TARPON SPRINGS - Inside his martial arts school along North Pinellas Avenue, Sensei Chris Leventis teaches his students how to defend themselves against the everyday attacks - muggers in alleys, drunk relatives at reunions and angry fans at baseball games.
Nihon Goshin Aikido is a form of Japanese self-defense, focused on using an attacker’s momentum against him or her. In Japanese, aikido translates to “the way in harmony with the spirit.”
TARPON SPRINGS - Eight people were rescued by Coast Guard boat and aircrews near Anclote Key early Friday morning.
At midnight, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, received a report of an unstable raft with four people aboard, approximately one mile northeast of Anclote Key. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station at Sand Key and a helicopter rescue crew were launched to respond to the report.
At around 12:50 a.m. Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from Pasco County dispatch reporting three people stranded on the Anclote Key beach with the water rising. Due to dense vegetation, the people on the island were unable to get to higher ground. They were reported to be from the same party as those in the raft.
TARPON SPRINGS - A Tarpon Springs city employee died in a murder-suicide Monday morning in Sevier County, Tennessee.
“The city of Tarpon Springs Police Department was notified late yesterday (Aug. 11, 2014) of the tragic death of one of our employees, Genevieve Crosby,” according to a press release sent out Tuesday afternoon.
Crosby, 48, an employee since 2004, was the city’s marketing and communications coordinator for the Department of Cultural and Civic Services.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs’ reclaimed water supply is critically low due to the extreme shortfall of rain during the summer months this year.
“This has made it necessary to temporarily impose watering restrictions on the use of reclaimed water during daylight hours and, in addition, it may be necessary for the reclaimed water system to be periodically shut down,” according to a press release sent out Friday, Aug. 8.
City officials said every effort would be made to extend service as long as possible while supply is available. Restricting use will allow the city to replenish its reclaimed water supply as quickly as possible until summer rains return.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs was notified Thursday, Aug. 7, by the Pinellas County Department of Health that patients in three confirmed cases of cryptosporidium had been at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park during the incubation period.
All three patients attended the park during the fourth week of July.
The City completely replaced and treated the water and all associated water systems at the Splash Park on Aug. 1.
Labor Day poolside picnic LARGO – Bring the family and a blanket and enjoy your own picnic basket by the pool, during an extended three-hour session at Highland Family Aquatic Center Monday, Sept. 1, noon to 3 p.m.
Enjoy a special family and friends discount admission. Do not bring alcohol or glass into the facility. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open.
Madeira Beach Social Club meeting MADEIRA BEACH – Madeira Beach Social Club meets the first Monday each month at 1 p.m. at Madeira Beach City Hall. Everyone is invited to join the festivities, refreshments and entertainment. In addition to its monthly meetings, club members get together for bridge, canasta and trips to local attractions.
Members do not have to live in Madeira Beach. Membership dues are $10 a year. Call Dianne for more information at 397-3434.
MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.
The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.
Qi Gong meditation classes ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
The cost is $10 per class.
Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and
is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.
SEMINOLE - American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., offers a monthly spaghetti dinner the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol. For more information, call 391-6324.